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  • Yes, it's good enough for primary carry.

    74 77.89%
  • Maybe, it's at least good enough for backup.

    20 21.05%
  • No, it's not enough to be carried at all.

    1 1.05%
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    Some additional thoughts on .380 micro pistols. First of all, while the .380 round seems small in the traditional lineup [like a swimsuit competition], firing that round from a micro pistol makes it feel REALLY BIG. Even with the Hogue Beavertail, which is a great addition to both my LCP and TCP, launching that bullet has a significant recoil impulse. Quite frankly, I would rather fire 50 rounds of .357 in my service revolver, than the same number in a LCP. It prompts the question of physics and the "equal and opposite reaction" law. That fact is what caused me to stop worrying about carrying a .380.

    For me, the summer/winter carry issue is about whether your hands can manage a handgun. For me, drawing and firing with a single stack 9mm is easier than drawing a LCP/TCP from a pocket.
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    "Run what you brung." Even better if you're very proficient with it. I hit better with my S&W BG .380 than I do with my SA XD9SC at <7yards, BUT the XD has more capacity. Again, be proficient and willing with
    what you carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacemakr40 View Post
    so you can pursue your true love; Poetry?
    I prefer to have have .45s with me
    And the great big old bullets they shoot
    But 380 is fine
    When it's casual time
    And I'm not going out in a suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefduane View Post
    The carrying factor with winter clothes on is one thing to consider, but I would also assume that one must take into account the clothes an assailant might be wearing. A big heavy winter down jacket over multiple layers of heavy clothing might (might) be enough to stop a .380 or at least slow it enough so as to mitigate bodily damage. It a situation like that you betcha' sure I want a .45acp!
    Don't be so sure...



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    When John Moses Browning designed the .380 Auto, he designed it to be a 3/4 scale .45 Auto.
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    I mostly carry my Shield in .40, and a Glock 19 9mm sometimes. But I still keep my .380 for some occasions. If I didn't think these would be adequate, I wouldn't use them for carry.
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    I olny watched part of the bottom video and now feel much more comfortable with my TCP. After seeing the 22LR penetration, I may actually carry my Ruger SR22.
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    Maybe those guys wearing the Carhartt jackets had Kevlar under those jackets? Or the police just wanted to start an urban legend.
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    Battle of Wanat: 10 years ago last 13 July, 1LT Brostram was killed in combat killing the last enemy combatant in the outpost. The LT went to the point of decision and made the difference that turned the tide of the battle. The original investigation found the Bde Cmdr, the Bn Cmdr and the Co Cmdr at fault for dereliction of duty. If you want to see what a sarcastic silver star citation reads like, pull up the company commander's silver star.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenWolf70 View Post
    Maybe those guys wearing the Carhartt jackets had Kevlar under those jackets? Or the police just wanted to start an urban legend.
    That or they were just covering for the fact that they couldn't hit their targets efficiently.
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